The College of Business and the Department of Accountancy announced the naming of the Vernon K. Zimmerman Center for International Education and Research in Accounting on September 20, 2002.
Vernon K. Zimmerman was dean of the College of Commerce and Business Administration from 1971 to 1985. He earned three degrees in accountancy from Illinois, a BS in 1949, a MS in 1952, and a PhD in 1954. He joined the faculty in 1956 after working for the U.S. Army Audit Agency and Price Waterhouse.
Vernon Zimmerman was a leading force in the establishment of the Center for International Education and Research in Accounting (CIERA) in 1962. Long before the phrase “global marketplace” was coined, CIERA was at the forefront of international accountancy education. Zimmerman served as the director of CIERA from 1964 to 1996. Although he retired from the faculty in 1992, he continued as CIERA’s director for four more years, developing the center’s programs and services and working as editor of the International Journal of Accounting. He died in 1996. Zimmerman was acknowledged as a leader in business education. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship, was a Fulbright Scholar in Vienna, and worked on business education projects in Tunisia for the Agency for International Development and in Bangladesh for the World Bank. Active in local affairs in Champaign-Urbana, he also served the AACSB as a member of the board and as president from 1979-80.
A. Rashad Abdel-khalik
(Director, Vernon K. Zimmerman Center)
Nancy Cantor (Chancellor)
Arthur Wyatt (Adjunct Professor, ILLINOIS alum)
Philip Fu (former visiting scholar)
Avijit Ghosh (Dean)
James Chan (Professor University of Illinois at Chicago and ILLINOIS alum)
L-R: Professor A. Rashad Abdel-khalik, Mrs. Litwiller (Zimmerman's niece) , Mrs. Alexander (Zimmerman's niece), Mrs. Joyce Zimmerman, Chancellor Nancy Cantor, Dean Avijit Ghosh